Safe Drug Disposal / Drug Take Back Programs

Podcast: Safe Drug Disposal
Connecticut State Representative Christie Carpino
Irina Butler, MPP, Vice President of Compliance and Operations, Pharmaceutical Product Stewardship Work Group (PPSWG)

Any medicine can cause harm if not taken properly or by the wrong person. No one wants to hear about their grandmother taking expired medicine that no longer treats her illness, or worse someone having to visit the ER. Especially when this could have been prevented.   According to the 2018 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. On this episode of the Women In Government Podcast, our panel discusses why it’s more important than ever to securely store and dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medicines. They also chat about the importance of following the instructions provided with medicine, including labeling information and medication guidelines. 

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